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December

This holiday tradition is better than ever as bands, floats, marchers and performers parade through downtown Charleston.

The parade will begin near Colonial Lake and continue up Broad Street to Meeting Street and disperses on Calhoun Street near Marion Square on

Sunday, December 1 at 3:00pm

An annual Charleston holiday jubilee featuring performances from musicians and arts organizations throughout Charleston that will culminate in the lighting of the magnificent 64-foot Holiday Tree of Lights, the official City of Charleston Christmas tree in Marion Square.

Colleton County Civic Center
494 Hampton Street, Walterboro, SC 29488

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra presents Holiday Swing for the first time in Walterboro! Maestro Robert Lewis and our 18-piece big band will swing you into the holiday spirit with big band arrangements of holiday favorites. Add a little jazz to your holiday cheer with this popular Charleston Jazz tradition!

Adult: $35  |  Senior: $30  |  Student: $10

Join us for our GivingTuesday Kickoff Holiday Party! This free event is our chance to say Thank You!

You allowed us to empower 1,658+ children in two Berkeley County Schools to learn and lead because of your support and belief in us.

This amazing party is also an opportunity to raise donations and help us impact another 700 students to be future leaders.

Making a donation is a way of reaching out a helping hand. By providing even a small donation, you can be part of an effort to provide leadership training in K-12 and beyond.

We look forward to celebrating with you and kicking off our GivingTuesday campaign!

Offramp kicks off Local Band Day at the 6th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival! They are an exciting new group that plays an eclectic assortment from guitar visionary Pat Metheny, but with their own flare. Selections from different eras and bands of Pat’s career will be explored with an emphasis on groove, melody, and interaction.

Offramp consists of four premier jazz artists from Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

Tim Fischer – Guitar
Brett Belanger – Bass
Eric Schoor – Saxophone
David Patterson – Drums

Doors at 7:00pm

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Robert Earl Keen is launching a new holiday show experience – Countdown to Christmas: Lunar Tunes & Looney Times. Keen and his band will pay homage to the space race and all things celestial in an out-of-this-world evening of family holiday fun.
Concertgoers will blast off with Keen’s classic “Merry Christmas from the Family,” fan favorites, and unearthly covers from his band members. “Merry Christmas from the Family” first appeared on Keen’s 1994 album, Gringo Honeymoon. University of Texas Press released Keen’s companion book, also titled Merry Christmas from the Family, in 2005.

Huffington Post describes his annual concert series as “part comedy/variety show (think The Carol Burnett Show of old) and part musical cornucopia that’s full of pleasant surprises. It’s akin to Christmas morning, but one where Keen and his merry band of musicians continue to unwrap gifts you didn’t even know you were hoping for until they share them on stage.”

Opening act: Austin-based, swamp-pop-soul supergroup Shinyribs.

Join the Halsey Institute staff for a fun and exclusive evening tour. Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs Bryan Granger will lead Halsey Institute members on a guided tour of “Katrina Andry: Over There and Here is Me and Me” and “Colin Quashie: Linked”

Explore the exhibitions, get insider knowledge, meet other Halsey Institute lovers! This event is open to all levels of membership. To learn more about Halsey Institute membership, click here: bit.ly/joinHICA

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ABOUT THE EXHIBITIONS:

The work of Katrina Andry probes the power structures of race-based stereotypes. For her exhibition at the Halsey Institute, Andry will explore the stereotypes that engender gentrification. Using printmaking and installation, she creates visceral images that beckon viewers to examine their own preconceived notions of society. As Charleston’s neighborhoods are rapidly changing in multifarious ways, this exhibition will provide a springboard for community-wide conversations on gentrification.


Colin Quashie creates images that comment on contemporary racial stereotypes. Combining historical relics and artifacts with icons from past and present popular culture, Quashie sharply critiques the way people of color are portrayed in modern visual culture. Using his signature caustic wit, he blends images to allow viewers to more fully explore how images of African Americans and Black culture are constructed today.

In his latest series, called Linked, Quashie juxtaposes images of well-known Black figures with other representations of artifacts to comment on stereotypes as they exist today. In Gabriel, Quashie tweaks an image of Louie Armstrong, updating his signature trumpet with a set of slave shackles. Similarly, in Rose Colored, he creates an image of Harriet Tubman donning a pair of rose-colored glasses, referencing the abolitionist’s view of slaveholders, for whom she still held a level of empathy. With these works, Quashie teases out underlying stereotypes, exposing them for all to see more plainly.


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITIONS:
halsey.cofc.edu/exhibitions

 

Henry's on the Market
54 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

Nightly Spirits, the nation’s largest haunted pub tour company providing tours in 14 cities across the nation, is bringing its spooky ghost tales and lively tour guides to Charleston, South Carolina with tours kicking off Friday, June 28th. Established in 2012, Nightly Spirits boasts year-round, intimate tours of just 15 to 20 guests that provide a hair-raising history through Charleston’s apparitional annals.

Priced at just $25 for a two-and-a-half-hour tour that includes some pub time to drown the darkness, locals and tourists ages 21-and-up will gain access to exclusive off-limits areas throughout Charleston’s most “spectered” saloons.  Enthusiastic and costumed tour guides will cast a spooky spell throughout the evening with their knowledgeable, theatric and even comedic tales of Charleston’s other worldly adventures.

Starting at 8:30 p.m., tour guests will meet their guide at Henry’s on the Market to kick off their night of ghoulish adventure. The tour will continue on to the equally haunted Tommy Condon’s where guests will learn why Charleston got its famous nickname, with Blind Tiger rounding out the night with more libations and haunted happenings.

Henry's on the Market
54 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

Nightly Spirits, the nation’s largest haunted pub tour company providing tours in 14 cities across the nation, is bringing its spooky ghost tales and lively tour guides to Charleston, South Carolina with tours kicking off Friday, June 28th. Established in 2012, Nightly Spirits boasts year-round, intimate tours of just 15 to 20 guests that provide a hair-raising history through Charleston’s apparitional annals.

Priced at just $25 for a two-and-a-half-hour tour that includes some pub time to drown the darkness, locals and tourists ages 21-and-up will gain access to exclusive off-limits areas throughout Charleston’s most “spectered” saloons.  Enthusiastic and costumed tour guides will cast a spooky spell throughout the evening with their knowledgeable, theatric and even comedic tales of Charleston’s other worldly adventures.

Starting at 8:30 p.m., tour guests will meet their guide at Henry’s on the Market to kick off their night of ghoulish adventure. The tour will continue on to the equally haunted Tommy Condon’s where guests will learn why Charleston got its famous nickname, with Blind Tiger rounding out the night with more libations and haunted happenings.

Join us as we extend the Charleston Farmers Market for the Holidays!!! Enjoy your favorite vendors from the regular season in addition to special guest vendors, who are sure to bring holiday cheer to Marion Square. Open Each Saturday & Sunday, 9am-3pm from 12/7-22. Free Visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus!

Cynthia Graham Hurd/St Andrews Regional Library
1735 N. Woodmere Drive, Charleston, SC 29407

CarFit is a free, interactive and educational program that teaches participants how to make their personal vehicle “fit” them in order to increase safety and mobility when they hit the road. Call AARP representative Karen Patterson at 803-671-0821 to register for a 20-minute appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Join us as we extend the Charleston Farmers Market for the Holidays!!! Enjoy your favorite vendors from the regular season in addition to special guest vendors, who are sure to bring holiday cheer to Marion Square. Open Each Saturday & Sunday, 9am-3pm from 12/7-22. Free Visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus!

Join your North Charleston Chamber of Commerce and Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce for Chamber Night at the South Carolina Stingrays!

This event is fun for the whole family with networking, refreshments, giveaways, zamboni rides, and more!

Details

6PM- Networking and fun in Montague Terrace

7PM – South Carolina Stingrays vs the Orlando Solar Bears

Fan Zam

The first 30 people to RSVP get to ride on the zamboni! Rides will take place between 1/2 and 2/3 periods

Giveaway

4 center ice tickets to a future game!

Reserve your tickets here. We can’t wait to network and cheer on the Stingrays with you!

Sponsors

Thank you to our Drink Sponsor: Palmetto Commercial Properties

Wed Dec 1 1

Gullah Christmas

Mt. Pleasant Regional Library
1133 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Enjoy listening to a unique reading of “The Night Before Christmas” performed by local Gullah poet and storyteller Fouche Sheppard. After the reading, Ms. Sheppard will entertain the crowd with additional stories that highlight her gift for storytelling. All ages are welcome!

Join your Chamber and community members for a ribbon cutting for CRAFT Flight Training! In addition to networking opportunities, you have a chance to meet community members and special guests, and be entered to win our giveaway!

Help us support this valuable addition to the North Charleston business community!

Giveaway

Bring $5 to donate to Women in Aviation and be entered to win a free Discovery Flight!

Special Guests

Women in Aviation & Palmetto Pride Chapter

Why Reprogramming Car Software is #Trending
Learn the latest on auto tech trends and more at this month’s AITP Charleston meeting!
Join fellow IT professionals and hear from leading experts as we dive into auto coding and software development topics.
Giveaways: Attendees receive 10% off from Charleston Performance Solutions for any automotive service or oil changes.
Panelists: 
Matt Selepack, Owner, Charleston Performance Solutions
JP, Owner, LSX Tuning and Performance
**Please wear comfortable shoes. We are meeting at a mechanic shop and seating is very limited. Parking is available in the surrounding business.**
Henry's on the Market
54 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

Nightly Spirits, the nation’s largest haunted pub tour company providing tours in 14 cities across the nation, is bringing its spooky ghost tales and lively tour guides to Charleston, South Carolina with tours kicking off Friday, June 28th. Established in 2012, Nightly Spirits boasts year-round, intimate tours of just 15 to 20 guests that provide a hair-raising history through Charleston’s apparitional annals.

Priced at just $25 for a two-and-a-half-hour tour that includes some pub time to drown the darkness, locals and tourists ages 21-and-up will gain access to exclusive off-limits areas throughout Charleston’s most “spectered” saloons.  Enthusiastic and costumed tour guides will cast a spooky spell throughout the evening with their knowledgeable, theatric and even comedic tales of Charleston’s other worldly adventures.

Starting at 8:30 p.m., tour guests will meet their guide at Henry’s on the Market to kick off their night of ghoulish adventure. The tour will continue on to the equally haunted Tommy Condon’s where guests will learn why Charleston got its famous nickname, with Blind Tiger rounding out the night with more libations and haunted happenings.

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
1950 Rutledge Rd. McClellanville, SC 29458

See the house decorated for Christmas, enjoy live music, and learn about holidays through the ages! These tours run at 12PM and 2PM, with music at 1PM. Tickets are $10/person and can be reserved ahead of time by calling the park at 843-546-9361.

Ran Walker is the winner of the 2019 Indie Author of the Year Award, the Black Caucus of the ALA Literary Award for Fiction and is the author of 17 books. After his discovery earlier this year as part of the Indie Author Project he has been on a whirlwind, with invitations to events at the American Library Association conference, an invitation onto the faculty of Writers Digest and was part of the Library Journal Day of Dialog. He will be a featured speaker at the 2020 Public Library Association conference. His latest release, Portable Black Magic is available as a public library ebook exclusive.

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Ran Walker is the author of seventeen books. His short stories, flash fiction, microfiction, and poetry have appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals. Prior to becoming a writer and educator, he worked in magazine publishing and practiced law in Mississippi.

He is the winner of the Indie Author Project’s 2019 National Indie Author of the Year Award (selected by judges from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, IngramSpark, St. Martin’s Press, and Writer’s Digest), the 2019 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Best Fiction Ebook Award, and the 2018 Virginia Indie Author Project Award for Adult Fiction. He is also the recipient of both a 2005 Mississippi Arts Commission/NEA artist grant and a 2006 artist mini-grant. He served as an Artist-in-Residence with the Mississippi Arts Commission in 2006. Additionally, he is a past participant in the Hurston-Wright Writers Week Workshop and is the recipient of a fellowship from the Callaloo Writers Workshop.

His novel Mojo’s Guitar was translated by renowned French translator Philippe Loubat-Delranc and published in April 2015 by Éditions Autrement as Il était une fois Morris Jones. The novel was recently republished in May of 2019 as a part of Éditions Autrement’s “Les Grands Romans” collection.

His first collection of poetry, Most of My Heroes Don’t Appear On No Stamps: Kwansabas, was published in August of 2019 by The University of Hell Press, based out of Portland, Oregon.

Ran is a graduate of Morehouse College (BA in English), Pace University (MS in Publishing), and George Washington University Law School (JD). He also has a Certificate in Publishing from New York University and has done graduate work in English at Mississippi State University.

Ran is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Hampton University and lives in Virginia with his wife and much better half, Lauren, and his amazing little rockstar daughter, Zoë.

Henry's on the Market
54 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

Nightly Spirits, the nation’s largest haunted pub tour company providing tours in 14 cities across the nation, is bringing its spooky ghost tales and lively tour guides to Charleston, South Carolina with tours kicking off Friday, June 28th. Established in 2012, Nightly Spirits boasts year-round, intimate tours of just 15 to 20 guests that provide a hair-raising history through Charleston’s apparitional annals.

Priced at just $25 for a two-and-a-half-hour tour that includes some pub time to drown the darkness, locals and tourists ages 21-and-up will gain access to exclusive off-limits areas throughout Charleston’s most “spectered” saloons.  Enthusiastic and costumed tour guides will cast a spooky spell throughout the evening with their knowledgeable, theatric and even comedic tales of Charleston’s other worldly adventures.

Starting at 8:30 p.m., tour guests will meet their guide at Henry’s on the Market to kick off their night of ghoulish adventure. The tour will continue on to the equally haunted Tommy Condon’s where guests will learn why Charleston got its famous nickname, with Blind Tiger rounding out the night with more libations and haunted happenings.

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
1950 Rutledge Rd. McClellanville, SC 29458

See the house decorated for Christmas, enjoy live music, and learn about holidays through the ages! These tours run at 12PM and 2PM, with music at 1PM. Tickets are $10/person and can be reserved ahead of time by calling the park at 843-546-9361.

Join us as we extend the Charleston Farmers Market for the Holidays!!! Enjoy your favorite vendors from the regular season in addition to special guest vendors, who are sure to bring holiday cheer to Marion Square. Open Each Saturday & Sunday, 9am-3pm from 12/7-22. Free Visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus!

Otranto Road Regional Library
2261 Otranto Road, North Charleston, SC 29406

Celebrate the holiday season, and listen to a performance featuring vocalist and “American Idol” finalist Carmen Coulter. This program is cosponsored by the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department.

Join us as we extend the Charleston Farmers Market for the Holidays!!! Enjoy your favorite vendors from the regular season in addition to special guest vendors, who are sure to bring holiday cheer to Marion Square. Open Each Saturday & Sunday, 9am-3pm from 12/7-22. Free Visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus!

So, you’ve launched an app – now what? How do you find customers? How do you make sure your app doesn’t get rejected? What’s the best way to plan and fund your product launch? Add marketing and funding for version 2.0, and it is easy to find yourself lost in the ecosystem.

Enter Developed | The App Economy Tour, a night of brews, views, and a panel discussion featuring industry experts for an eye-opening discussion on next-generation apps, game-changing mobile solutions, and innovations driving the app ecosystem.

During Developed, attendees will:

• Engage with industry influencers to explore paths to success in the app ecosystem;

• Explore the tools and connections available to developers through platforms, including built-in customer base, reduced overhead, and developer toolkits (including analytics);

• Identify new market opportunities in the $1.3 trillion app economy;

• Learn best practices for branding, marketing, and attracting talent in the tech industry; and

• Network with local entrepreneurs and leaders in your community.

Speakers include:

Peter Lamotte, Chernoff Newman

Glenn Starkmann, Soteria

Bonus: Sample brews and snacks from Edmund’s Oast! Speakers to be announced soon!

RSVP for Developed Charleston to supercharge your app adventure and share your experience with other app makers.

Join us for Developed | The App Economy Tour, a free night of brews, views, and a panel discussion featuring industry experts!

About this Event

So, you’ve launched an app – now what? How do you find customers? How do you make sure your app doesn’t get rejected? What’s the best way to plan and fund your product launch? Add marketing and funding for version 2.0, and it is easy to find yourself lost in the ecosystem.

Enter Developed | The App Economy Tour, a night of brews, views, and a panel discussion featuring industry experts for an eye-opening discussion on next-generation apps, game-changing mobile solutions, and innovations driving the app ecosystem.

During Developed, attendees will:

• Engage with industry influencers to explore paths to success in the app ecosystem;

• Explore the tools and connections available to developers through platforms, including built-in customer base, reduced overhead, and developer toolkits (including analytics);

• Identify new market opportunities in the $1.3 trillion app economy;

• Learn best practices for branding, marketing, and attracting talent in the tech industry; and

• Network with local entrepreneurs and leaders in your community.

Speakers include:

Peter Lamotte, Chernoff Newman

Glenn Starkman, Soteria

Kaity Miller, Level Up Coding Institute

Katrina Rosemond, Apple HBCU Scholar

Bonus: Sample brews and snacks from Edmund’s Oast! Speakers to be announced soon!

Wed Dec 1 8

Pup Bowl III

Towne Centre and Charleston Animal Society have teamed up to host the 3rd annual Pup Bowl on Saturday, February 1 from noon to 3pm at The Oaks. Pup Bowl is proudly sponsored by South Carolina Federal Credit Union.

Pup Bowl is a pet adoption and family-fun day to benefit Charleston Animal Society. Cheer on as two teams of adorable adoptable puppies face off in the cutest football game you will ever see! The event will also feature fund-raising for CAS, a Photo Booth provided by King & Fields Studios, bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, caricatures and more!

Bring your Fido wearing their best game gear and enter to win a prize for most team spirit!! $5 donation to CAS to enter.

Pup Bowl will be emceed by DJ Luigi with music provided by Latin Groove Entertainment.

PLUS, a very special halftime show featuring Charleston’s own Rotie Salley.

Bring any pet food donation to Pup Bowl and receive one free raffle ticket (1 ticket per person/donation, not per food items).

The first 150 guests to register a valid email address will receive a special gift from MPTC!

Browse exhibits from your favorite MPTC stores and vendors.

Food + snacks available from Burtons Grill, Titos Handmade Vodka, Charleston Pops, Clean Eatz, Pure Fluff, Miss Katie’s Sweets and New Dog.

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
1950 Rutledge Rd. McClellanville, SC 29458

See the house decorated for Christmas, enjoy live music, and learn about holidays through the ages! These tours run at 12PM and 2PM, with music at 1PM. Tickets are $10/person and can be reserved ahead of time by calling the park at 843-546-9361.

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
1950 Rutledge Rd. McClellanville, SC 29458

See the house decorated for Christmas, enjoy live music, and learn about holidays through the ages! These tours run at 12PM and 2PM, with music at 1PM. Tickets are $10/person and can be reserved ahead of time by calling the park at 843-546-9361.

Join us as we extend the Charleston Farmers Market for the Holidays!!! Enjoy your favorite vendors from the regular season in addition to special guest vendors, who are sure to bring holiday cheer to Marion Square. Open Each Saturday & Sunday, 9am-3pm from 12/7-22. Free Visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus!

Guided tour through South Carolina’s First and only Civil Rights Museum

Dorchester Road Regional Library
6325 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC 29418

Take a break from holiday shopping, and enjoy listening to Brandon Robinson and Friends present “A Gospel Christmas” concert. The group will perform renditions of your favorite holiday tunes with a gospel tinge.

Join us as we extend the Charleston Farmers Market for the Holidays!!! Enjoy your favorite vendors from the regular season in addition to special guest vendors, who are sure to bring holiday cheer to Marion Square. Open Each Saturday & Sunday, 9am-3pm from 12/7-22. Free Visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus!

Learn the legend behind the writing of the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night” as River Oaks Community Church presents an original comedy this Christmas Eve at 4 PM.  Sit back, relax and even sing-along to some of your favorite Holiday tunes. Enjoy a free cup of hot cocoa, cider or homemade snack from our Cafe and capture a new Christmas memory in our family photo booth. So gather your family together and start a new tradition this Christmas Eve at River Oaks Community Church.

Sat Dec 2 8

Kids Kickback

Krystal Klear Kids, a branch of Krystal Klear Productions, wants to give back to children in the community through enjoyable art experiences and help them have some holiday fun! There will be art activities, storytelling, prizes, and kiddie bites! This event is absolutely FREE to attend! Only 20 children ages 6-10 will be accepted! Must register on Eventbrite under Kids Kickback for kids to attend. Kidpreneur vendors are being accepted. For more information, contact Krystal Klear Productions at (843) 608-9416 or KrystalKlearProductions1@gmail.com.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. (CSOL) is pleased to announce Home for the Holidays, an enchanting afternoon of chamber music featuring past winners of CSOL music scholarships. The event will take place at 3:30 pm on Sunday, December 29 at the Unitarian Church, Charleston.  Performers include Emma Joyce and Benjamin Kremer, violin; Marshall McArthur, viola; Erica Kremer, cello; Caleb Borek and Reed Kurtz, Piano; and Eliza Turner, voice. The program features both solos and ensembles including selections from the Brahms String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, the Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major and the Vivaldi Concerto for 3 Violins in F Major. A reception follows the recital, where you can enjoy meeting these talented musicians before they begin their professional careers.

 
We are thrilled to have these rising stars home for the holidays, and we appreciate your support in publicizing this event.  All proceeds benefit the David and Karen Stahl Memorial Scholarship Fund of the CSOL, given annually to the top-ranked graduating high school senior who plans to major in music in college. Tickets are $35 for adults.  Students are admitted free of charge.  Tickets are available at the door and online.

Voted 2018 Best Party in Charleston! – Charleston City Pape

Guest of Charleston’s most anticipated New Year’s Eve party will be able to explore the entire ship inclusive of 15,000 sq ft of heated tent space on the flight deck. Attendees will enjoy a top-shelf all-inclusive bar, light hors d’oeuvres, live band and DJ performances, and the best views of Charleston Harbor and downtown.

Guests will get to enjoy 3 different stages with amazing production showcasing Charleston’s top performing artists and live entertainers as we have handpicked the most popular local live bands and DJs from all imaginable genres including dance, funk, hip hop, jazz, soul, 80’s and Top 40 Billboard. They will rock, you will dance!